I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.

Horace Walpole

Horace Walpole

Profession: Author
Nationality: British

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Nine-tenths of the people were created so you would want to be with the other tenth.

I do not admire politicians; but when they are excellent in their way, one cannot help allowing them their due.

The establishment of a society for the encouragement of arts will produce great benefits before they are perverted to mischiefs.

It was easier to conquer it than to know what to do with it.

I never found even in my juvenile hours that it was necessary to go a thousand miles in search of themes for moralizing.

Men are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

By deafness one gains in one respect more than one loses; one misses more nonsense than sense.

The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.

Virtue knows to a farthing what it has lost by not having been vice.

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

When a Frenchman reads of the garden of Eden, I do not doubt but he concludes it was something approaching to that of Versailles, with clipped hedges, berceaus, and trellis work.

Pictures may serve as helps to religion but are only an appendix to idolatry, for the people must be taught to believe in false gods and in the power of saints before they will learn to worship their images.

Men are often capable of greater things than they perform - They are sent into the world with bills of credit, and seldom draw to their full extent.

Life is a tragedy for those who feel, but a comedy to those who think.